Elizabeth Winsett Johnson

Gerlach Brothers Road Ranch & Store

When Mrs. Elizabeth Winsett Johnson came from Tennessee with her husband in 1885 she brought her household goods, her family, and her way of life. She was a pioneer woman and a very gifted artist who found time to work at an easel. These paintings did not include scenes from the southwest. Instead, her paintings captured current events such as the discovery of King Tut’s tomb, told stories of Egyptian slave markets and Joan of Arc.

Some were as large as five by seven feet and covered practically every wall in the beautiful home she and her husband built in Canadian. That home is shown on the right. Elizabeth Johnson was a woman of great vision, capabilities, and talents, and together with her devout spiritual convictions she directed the activities of the WCTU as president for 39 years and was active in the Baptist Church.